Top interview tips for HGV drivers

November 17th, 2017

When applying for a job as a HGV driver, it is always a good idea to do some research and prepare for your job HGV job interview. You will usually find information about the company’s history and operations on the company’s website. It is also worth typing the company name into Google to read any recent news articles about the organisation to be better prepare for HGV job interview.

As well as looking into the company, you also need to think about what you have to offer: list your current experience, your abilities and achievements. Consider how to sell yourself and be prepared to demonstrate how you can add the value to the company. It is worth practising what you will say at home with someone before your HGV job interview.


As a HGV Driver, you will be asked to undertake a company assessment. This normally includes a theory test which checks your knowledge and understanding of Highway Code, Drivers’ Hours regulations, load safety, Working Time Directive and some geographical knowledge. If you have taken your CPC course, you shouldn’t have any problems with answering these questions.
Next, you will need to do a practical test, which is just like a driving test with a qualified in-house assessor. The HGV practical assessment will take around 60 minutes and include:

• pre-journey checks
• slow manoeuvring ability
• complying with traffic regulations
• fuel consumption
• safety of driving.

Interview Questions and Answers

Not every company will do assessments, and some check the driver’s skills in practice, this is mainly due to the costs involved.

Questions you might get asked in your interview for a HGV driver role include:

• Tell me about yourself. The interviewer will want to know about your experience and employment history, it is a good idea to have an up-to-date CV ready to hand in.
• Why do you want to change your job? Try not to say anything negative about your current or previous employer. ‘Looking for a new challenge’ and ‘change of environment’ are always good answers.
• What is your notice period and when you would be available to start? Always try to be fair and work your notice period if possible.
• Describe your typical day at your current position. What are your current duties? A good answer would be to deliver goods safely and on time, communicate effectively with the transport office and to provide good customer service to clients.
• What do you know about the company? This is your opportunity to show that you’ve done your research and are genuinely interested in working for this employer.
• What is your desired shift pattern and salary expectations?
• Why do you think you are suitable for this role? This is your chance to show the interviewer that not only do you meet the criteria listed in the advert, but to tell them what you will bring to the company.
• What do you expect from your employer? Most people want to be treated with respect and have an opportunity to progress.
• What would you do if there is an issue or conflict with a client or a colleague? Any conflict can be resolved by talking to each other honestly, listening to the other side, trying to understand their point of view and negotiating the best outcome.

Good questions to ask at your HGV job interview:

• Please can you tell me little bit more about the position?
• Can you tell me about your operations, how many truck do you operate?
• What does a typical day look like?
• Can you tell me about the team – how many drivers do you have and how many people work in the transport office?
• What is the company culture?
• How long you have been with the company and do you enjoy working here?

Interviewers usually make up their minds about candidates in the first 30 seconds, so above all, smile and be polite. It is also important to wear smart, clean clothes. For HGV job interview, you don’t have to wear a suit but remember to take correct Personal Protective Equipment instead: a Hi-Vis vest, gloves and safety boots.

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